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Jay Leno drives the Rossi SixtySix – Click above to watch video after the jump

Remember the Rossi SixtySix? It first entered our radar at SEMA back in 2008, when we saw renderings of the C6-meets-63/66 Corvette. We didn't hear any more about the car until this summer when it was announced that the first one was ready for production. Fast forward a few months and the car, as most cars tend to do, has ended up in Jay Leno's Garage.

Jey Leno driving Rossi SixtySixLeno spends some quality time with the Rossi SixtySix, as well as its Director of Design, David R. The car's design inspiration is the C2 Corvette, but the underpinnings are all modern since it's a C6 underneath the skin. And despite its model name being the SixtySix, there's a split window in the back, which came from the 1963 Corvette. The point isn't to mimic a specific model year, however, but rather to create a unique version of a car that many people love. We think the end result does a better job than the C5-based convertible we saw at the beginning of 2008.

Regardless of the name, the SixtySix is all Corvette. Rossi takes a modern C6 donor car and applies its own body work to the chassis. The cost, including a base Corvette, will run you $130,000. The tires, wheels and suspension receive an upgrade but the powertrain remains stock. It's up to you where you want to start under the hood, be it with the 435-horsepower base Vette or the 505-hp Z06. We're going to assume you wouldn't do this to a ZR1.

After talking design, Jay takes the car out on some local Southern California roads, providing real insight into a car that has gone from vaporware to very real. Follow the jump to check it out.

[Source: Jay Leno's Garage]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      If Jay dies before i do hes leaving all the cars to me
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would buy one with the scoop.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Jay and Conan should have a drag race. This would include wearing high heels, wigs and a summer frock. First one to the finish line gets a very unique gear shifter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very nice......
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow. I think GM should hire that guy to design the next corvette.
      • 4 Years Ago
      there was one parked outside the North Hall this year at SEMA. It looks really nice, of course it's not for everyone, but you do get the retro styling with the performance and reliability of a newer car. It's cool, it'd be fun, but clearly not for everyone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      David: "...so it doesn't take your chin out..."
      Jay: "...so I've been hitting some potholes intentionally..."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks great.
      Not better than a current Vette... but rather different.

      This is the kind of "retro" designs that I like to see... not real copies of old cars, but rather taking inspiration from them with a modern twist.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In my opinion, the best 'retro' designs take an older look and evolve it to where it could be today.

      Bad retro is tacking past clichés onto modern proportions.

      This car is unfortunately the latter of the two...has a bit of that "middle-aged career woman wearing teenage girl's clothes".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do you assume that we wouldn't do this to a ZR1? That would be the best one to do it to!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Irregardless -- its nothing more than a common fiber glass molded bodied Corvette Coupe. Grossly over rated, over priced and for that much money --why not invest in a real sports car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The offspring of an Alfa Brera and an old Vette, kinda cool.
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